Martin Jones Makes Great Save, Wins Sharks Debut
Martin Jones kicked off his San Jose Sharks career with a bang on Wednesday, the opening day of the NHL’s 2015-2016 regular season. He stopped 19 of the 20 shots that he faced in a huge 5-1 road win over his former team, the Los Angeles Kings. None of his saves were bigger than the one he made on Tyler Toffoli in the dying moments of the second period.
At first glance it looks like Jones stops it with his pad, but the overhead angle shows that the puck actually goes over top of his pad and hits him in the glove. Jones was able to quickly get his body into position with a strong push by his right foot on the post, utilizing the skate-on-post reverse-VH technique.
This was his first game with the Sharks after being acquired from the Boston Bruins for a first round draft pick and prospect Sean Kuraly in the offseason. Jones was initially traded from the Kings to the Bruins in the deal that sent Milan Lucic to Los Angeles.
Lucic also made headlines in this game after being ejected in the final minute for taking a run at Logan Couture. He received a match penalty on the play, and will be suspended from his team’s next game pending a league review.
Safe to say Sharks fans are happier with Jones’ debut than Kings fans are about Lucic’s debut.
Watch a full video of the Martin Jones save below.